For telehealth encounters, the type of video equipment and devices needed depends on the service being provided. Often a computer, tablet, or smart phone can be used to connect patients and providers. However, in some instances, a telemedicine cart is needed that uses a computer, multiple screens, a codec, and medical peripherals. Medical peripherals are devices (otoscopy, stethoscope or hand held camera) that work along with the video technology to allow the provider with the patient to share images or sounds from a physical exam with the remote provider to aid in the assessment. All telemedicine software we use allows for the encounter to be encrypted and HIPAA compliant.
For provider-to-provider telehealth, we use a variety of equipment to connect physicians. Generally, a computer, tablet, or a smart phone is sufficient. All telemedicine software allows for the conference to be encrypted and HIPAA compliant.